When Adam and Tiffani engaged, they began planning a large wedding back home. When things got complicated, they decided to have a wedding with fewer guests. Refining and defining what truly made them happy, they decided on an intimate family affair on a beautiful Island, among the colorful late summer/early fall colors of Mackinac. In a few words....their Favorite Things.
The Inn at Stonecliffe was their first choice due to its privacy, outdoor ambiance and romantic feel. Tiffani's hair and make up was done by Vintage Glam at the Stonecliffe salon. Surrounded by her girlriends and family, Tiffani got ready at Stonecliffe's Summerhouse Suite and Adam and his best man in one of the Cudahy Mansion suites.
The groom and bride chose a "first squeeze" instead of a first look. When asked for ideas, I suggested the spiral wooden staircase leading down to the first floor. This proved to work perfectly as they could hold hands but not see one another. The initimate moments that followed were very special. Each had prepared a message to the other that they read to themselves after separating those squeezing hands!
The wedding took place in the Stoncecliffe Grotto. Each of them had one attendant, and Adam's aunt performed the ceremony. Music was provided on harp which set the stage for a super memorable exchange of vowels. Tiffany's bouquet and Adam's boutonniere were created by St Ignace in Bloom, and included Tiffany's favorite, sunflowers. They were bright and gorgeous. After the ceremony, the couple stole a few minutes to themselves after they walked hand in hand through the trees that led to the orchard and lawn.
The rest of the bridal party joined Tiffany an Adam and they made their across the lush green lawn to the reception. Lots of fun, laughter and smiles as they celebrated the marriage.
After a luncheon reception on the deck of the verandah, which included a first dance and cake cutting, we took advantage of the beautiful day and the changing colors taking photos on the Great Lawn and in front of the Mansion.
Our first stop after leaving Stonecliffe by wedding carriage provided by Gough Livery, was to the West Bluff for the best view of the Mighty Mac, fun Main Street photos and then a stop at Marquette Park with views of Fort Mackinac. Their final destination was the waterfront Iroquois Hotel for a dinner reception at the Carriage House dining room.